Unveiling the Craft: The Production Process of Clean Tequila and Its Health Benefits

Mar 28, 2024
By Liana Werner-Gray
In recent years, clean tequila has emerged as a popular choice among health-conscious consumers seeking a refreshing yet mindful indulgence. But what sets clean tequila apart, and how does its production process contribute to its health benefits? Join me on a journey through the agave fields and distillation process to uncover the secrets behind this beloved spirit.
The Agave Harvest:
At the heart of clean tequila lies the blue agave plant, native to Mexico. Unlike some mass-produced tequilas, which may rely on additives and artificial sweeteners, clean tequila starts with hand-selected, ripe agave plants. These plants are carefully harvested by skilled jimadors, who expertly remove the piñas, or hearts, of the agave for further processing.
Slow Roasting and Natural Fermentation:
Once harvested, the agave piñas undergo a slow-roasting process, typically in traditional brick ovens or stainless steel autoclaves. This slow-roasting method preserves the natural sugars within the agave, resulting in a smoother and more flavorful tequila. After roasting, the agave is crushed to extract its sweet juice, which is then fermented using naturally occurring yeast strains. This natural fermentation process contributes to the clean and pure flavor profile of the tequila, without the need for added sugars or artificial flavors.
Copper Pot Distillation:
One of the hallmarks of clean tequila production is the use of copper pot stills for distillation. Copper is known for its unique ability to remove impurities and produce a smoother, more refined spirit. During distillation, the fermented agave juice is heated in copper pot stills, allowing for the separation of alcohol from water and other compounds. This careful distillation process results in a clean and crisp tequila, free from harsh flavors or lingering residues.
Health Benefits of Clean Tequila:
Beyond its exquisite taste, clean tequila offers several potential health benefits when consumed in moderation:
1. Low Glycemic Index: Clean tequila is naturally low in carbohydrates and has a low glycemic index, making it a suitable choice for individuals monitoring their blood sugar levels or following a low-carb diet.
2. Gluten-Free: Unlike some other alcoholic beverages, tequila is gluten-free, making it a safe option for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
3. Agave's Nutritional Profile: Agave, the primary ingredient in tequila, contains naturally occurring sugars and beneficial nutrients, including fructans, which may support gut health when consumed in moderation.
4. Antioxidant Properties: Some studies suggest that tequila made from 100% agave may contain antioxidants, such as phenols and flavonoids, which could help protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
From the sun-drenched fields of Jalisco to the copper pot stills of artisanal distilleries, the production process of clean tequila is a testament to craftsmanship and tradition. With its natural ingredients, meticulous production methods, and potential health benefits, clean tequila offers a refreshing and mindful choice for those seeking a higher standard of spirits.
This is the clean tequila I drink. It’s called Volley. So raise a glass, savor the flavor, and toast to the timeless allure of clean tequila. Salud!
Enjoying a Volley in my roof deck hot tub at golden hour!